Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture

We would like to kindly invite you to contribute an article to the Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture (JCCS-a). JCCS-a is a comprehensive journal encompassing a wide range of topics within the fields of the built environment in the many regions and cultures around the fields of the built environment in the many regions and cultures around the world. JCCS-a is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal that includes the fields of theory of architecture, urban design, building construction, history, town planning inside and outside Europe, ethnology, and many more, with an emphasis on the built environment. The journal is an interdisciplinary platform for the debate of comparing cultures from manifold perspectives, which is already a fixed element in the individual contributions.
The scale of research coverage ranges from studies drawn from vernacular forms in primitive societies as well as from advanced civilisations from all parts of the world. The coverage includes on a macro and micro scale design related behaviour, material ethnology, ethnology related to the built environment, analysis of buildings drawn from the primitive and vernacular, town planning, urban design, public open space design in the in the primitive an civilised world, comparative stuedies related to the material world generally, the relationship between social behaviour and the physical world, etc. Some of the issues the journal adresses are: analysis of compunds, villages and towns, comparison of urban design and architecture in developing and developed countries, local identities by the built environment, non-European architecture, material ethnology.

Issue 2_3 has just now been successfully published and is fully and freely accessible online. Please feel welcome to revise the contents at: . Issue 4 (2010) will be dedicated as follows:

Issue 4 _ 2010: “Transitions in the Arab world ”

Many regions and countries of the Arab world are today in a phase of transition. Often still living in traditional environments and with traditional cultural backgrounds, many aim to gain a more modern way of life, although routed in traditionalism. Particularly regions that became wealthy by the oil production, or others where many return today to their original homelands after staying for decades in Europe or America, transform lifestyle, environments and with it cities and villages in the Arab world. Coupled with the need for thousands of new homes particularly in the booming cities, all sorts of strategies are launched, some based still on CIAM goals, transport planning, others by international architectural features that can be seen around the world. On the other hand a protest of intellectuals as well ass officials critisising such planning approaches has started and a rethinking of tho own cultural heritage can be found, too.

In thes issue of JCCS-y the many different approaches and tendencies will be discussed. From Syria to Saudia Arabia vernacular traditional styles shall be discussed as well as modern town planning such as Dubai or Abu Dabi will be included. By doing so the transformation process and shall be issued.

If you are interested in submitting a paper to above aoutlined or a related topic then kindly send an abstract (150 words) summarising the content of your proposed paper. For issue 4 the deadline for abstracts is 1/9/2009, and for accepted abstraces, full papers should be submitted by 1/12/2009. Once more, papers addressing other issues are more than welcome. Abstracts outlining the main aims and objectives, all co-authors (if any) should be submitted to: for assessing suitability for publication in the journal.

Please note that the subission of a munuscript is no guarantee for publication in the journal, since all manuscripts will be subjected to peer reviewing. Further relevant information, such as aims and scope of the journal, instructions for authors and Editorial board page can be visited at

Keenly looking foreward to your positive response

With kind regards

Dr. Renate Bornberg